Problem-based Curriculum Development for Leaders  
	Sue Poppink, Western Michigan University

This article describes one way to solve the seeming dichotomy between teaching 
theory and teaching skills in an educational leadership curriculum development 
course.  The course aims to develop understandings of how k-12 leaders can help 
to create curricula at the school level by developing understandings of the 
constructs in all curricula.  That is, K-12 curriculum development may take 
into consideration state standards and tests, and their alignment with school 
and classroom curriculum; but in this class we go beyond this to understanding 
the underlying assumptions about knowledge, learning and teaching in every 
curriculum.  Using assignments that utilize theory and practice--such as 
creating curriculum development processes, generalizing beyond the K-12 
curriculum, and analyzing a curriculum--accomplishes this.  

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